Health ministry becomes first ministry to win ISO 9001:2015 certification

Staff Reporter

Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on Wednesday became the first federal ministry to receive ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management system.
Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar received the ISO certification in a ceremony held here on Wednesday. She congratulated officers and staff of the Ministry on achieving this landmark through hard work, dedication and commitment. Speaking on the occasion the Minster said this was a momentous occasion as the reform process set in motion as soon as the incumbent government took office is showing tangible results.
It is a matter of pride for her Ministry and the dedicated team to have set an example in terms of professionalism, transparency and good governance which can be emulated by others, the minister said.
The Minister added she has always emphasized that we can only deliver if our systems are strengthened and in line with internationally recognized best practices.
ISO certification of Ministry of National Health Services and earlier of vaccine storage supplies under the Ministry bears testimony to our efforts to strive for excellence at par with international standards.
She said there is great potential in our people. The need is to harness that potential and provide an environment where there is recognition of performance and strict accountability.
Secretary Health Muhammad Ayub Shaikh said the initiative to obtain ISO certification was taken to transform the management system as per international best practices for improving governance and transparency.
He added that the certification will establish documented standard operating procedure for all functions of the Ministry, which is going to make the system more efficient and productive.
He said the Ministry will continue to improve the Quality Management System to maintain the ISO standards which was critically important to good governance and improved delivery.
Director General Health Dr. Assad Hafeez shared that the Ministry will establish a Quality Assurance Cell for continuity and sustainability of the certification process.

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